The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia

 

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Title: The Lovely Reckless
Author: Kami Garcia
Publisher: Imprint
Publication: October 4, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Format: eARC
Pages: 384

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I’ve become an expert at avoiding things that could hurt me—which means I will figure out how to stay away from Marco Leone.

Seventeen-year-old Frankie Devereux would do anything to forget the past. Haunted by the memory of her boyfriend’s death, she lives her life by one dangerous rule: Nothing matters. At least, that’s what Frankie tells herself after a reckless mistake forces her to leave her privileged life in the Heights to move in with her dad—an undercover cop. She transfers to a public high school in the Downs, where fistfights don’t faze anyone and illegal street racing is more popular than football.

Marco Leone is the fastest street racer in the Downs. Tough, sexy, and hypnotic, he makes it impossible for Frankie to ignore him—and how he makes her feel. But the risks Marco takes for his family could have devastating consequences for them both. When Frankie discovers his secret, she has to make a choice. Will she let the pain of the past determine her future? Or will she risk what little she has left to follow her heart?

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Thank you to Impulse and Netgalley for providing me with an eARC in exchange of a honest review.

This book is such a pleasant surprise. It is very reminiscent of Katie McGarry’s Pushing the Limits series, especially Crash Into You (which is my favorite book) and I love it! The story of two teens who come from different worlds finding a special connection with each other is one of my favorite stories and this was perfectly done.

The story surrounds Frankie Devereux after she witnessed her boyfriend Noah’s death right before her eyes. Suffering from PTSD, Frankie becomes a little reckless and has to move into a less “privileged” part of town with her father and enter a public school where she meets the sexy, passionate, and bad boy Marco Leone. The second Frankie meets Marco, an intense attraction begins and it’s all you need to realize that you need Marco as your next book boyfriend. I know I did. ❤

Frankie is one of my favorite characters. She suffers from PTSD and flashbacks from the night when Noah died. She is desperately trying to remember who killed Noah and she lets this haunt her for majority of the book. I just felt so much sympathy for her. She is lost. She doesn’t feel like she belongs anywhere anymore. She has to move into her Dad’s place where she hasn’t had that great of a  relationship with in quite some time as a result of his job. Her mother is distant and pays more attention to her new husband and making Frankie who she wants Frankie to be rather than get to know her daughter. On top of all this, Frankie is trying to forget everything that is connected to Noah because it hurts her too much. That means trying to distant herself for her oldest friends. While I didn’t agree with Frankie’s decisions, I understood them. I loved Frankie’s development in this novel because it showed just how strong she is. She had to fight a hard battle trying to piece together what happened as well as save herself and learn who she now is. She took some risks and it was always for those she loved. She just wanted to do the right thing for the right reason.

Oh Marco, Marco, Marco. I was gushing so much over this beautiful soul. My heart broke a million times because of his story and the cards life dealt him, but you have to love his heart. His connection with Frankie is beautiful and the way he cares for his sister  will make you love him. I dare you not to fall in love with him. He is so protective of those he cares about and will do everything to protect them and it hurts because he won’t fight for himself. He feels just as lost as Frankie does, if not more. He thinks so poorly of himself that it’s heartbreaking!

“Marco will fight for his sister, for his friends, and I’m willing to bet hed fight to the ends of the earth for you. But he won’t fight for himself. He only sees one door, Frankie. He needs someone to show him the others ones.”

What I really liked about this book besides the intense relationship between Frankie and Marco was the friendships Frankie formed. This book wasn’t only about a love story. As a matter of fact, it wasn’t even really instalove (not really), but Frankie first developed a friendships with a girl from her class, Cruz and her new reconnected friendships with her older friends, Lex and Abel which was more important. She needed to know that she had people supporting her who can help her see the “other doors.”

Overall, this book is fantastic and quickly became one of my favorite contemporaries. It’s sexy, fast-paced, thrilling, and never a dull moment. I never cry while reading contemporaries, but this book made me bawl my eyes out. I felt so connected to these characters and so invested in their journeys. Thank you, Kami Garcia for writing such a beautiful, heartfelt story. It will stay in my heart forever.  

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This lovely book comes out tuesday! Make sure you grab your copy so we can fangirl together! 

Until next time,
Dee

The Rose and the Dagger (The Wrath and the Dawn #2) by Renee Ahdieh

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First of all…this was my most anticipated book OF THE ENTIRE YEAR!  The Wrath and the Dawn was one of my favorite books of 2015 and Khalid is the love of my life!! So upon reading this beautiful book and finishing it in a day, I just have to get this out…

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Okay, now that we got that out of our system I will attempt to write a coherent review, but it may be 90% fangirling and 10% sense.

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The Rose and the Dagger did not disappoint at all! This was such a beautiful sequel and everything wrapped up so nicely in a perfect little bow and I could not be more satisfied. Yes, there were some things that I would have liked better and other things that I wanted more answers too but you know what? I am a happy reader and I am not going to complain about a single thing. I love/hate that Renee decided to make this a duology because we got to wrap everything up rather than have an unnecessary sequel that  ended up being just a filler. However, I would be totally impartial to more Khalid *heh heh nudge nudge*

“Cut the strings, Shazi. Fly.

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Shazi! Oh my goodness this little badass was wonderful! She really slayed in this book and I couldn’t help but root for her! She was walking around threatening everyone with her dagger and throwing sass at everyone who dared give her a ‘tude. I would have liked to see her work with her magic more and what she was able to do, but that wasn’t the point of this book. She was perfect just the way she was and just as strong without it. She fought and caused so much trouble just like everyone would expect from her. She can take care of herself, but also knows that Khalid will kill anyone who dares look at her in an ill way. I love her connection with Khalid and how she is constantly trying to get people to not harm her because she knows there will be Hell to pay once Khalid fits out. How cute is Khalid and Shazi?! Like seriously. STAHP. 

“It was because they were two parts of a whole. He did not belong to her. And she did not belong to him. It was never about belonging to someone. It was about belonging together.”

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Khalid Ibn al-Rashid

AKA THE LOVE OF MY LIFE. Khalid’s pain in this book was just too much. I read The Mirror and the Maze right before this book and I was already in emotional turmoil over his pain over losing Shazi. I knew this book was going to kill me, but Holy Hera. I just want to wrap Khalid up in bubble wrap and keep him from harm because he is my precious cupcake! The way he deals with pain and trying to rectify his mistakes in this book truly warms my heart. He tries to do what is best for his people and his city while risking his life knowing that if he was discovered that he would likely be killed. But he doesn’t care. He is so selfless and beautiful. I love his love for Shazi. I loved his reasoning for not telling her he loves her. I love his heart and his soul. He can do no wrong in my eyes and I’ll love him forever!

This book brought out many of the secondary characters and I really liked that. I liked getting to know Irsa (Shazi’s sister) more and seeing Tariq not be an annoying version of Aspen (from The Selection) and getting to know Rahim. However, this book was seriously lacking on the Jalal al-Khoury front and I guess that just means that I am really going to have to pick up The Moth and the Flame now because I am so interested in his character and story with Despina. Speaking of Despina, holy mothballs! I was really surprised by her. I loved it because I did not see any of that coming at all!

On the otherhand, the one character I could not stand is Jahandar! He was one of the worst fathers I have read because he was so selfish and even though he redeemed himself in the end, I just could not deal with him. He was such a little weakling and I wanted to shake him. I felt so bad for Shazi and Irsa because they care so deeply about him but he couldn’t care less about them when it was them versus his precious book. I am so at the end because I would have flipped out. Actually I was flipping out and was totally about to throw my book across the room!

The Plot

This story is different from The Wrath and the Dawn and I expected it to be so, but I really enjoyed how Renee still wove in different stories within the book because that was really what made TWATD so fascinating. It was so adorable to see Shazi lay with Khalid and tell him a new story just like we had in the first book. My heart was so warm and fuzzy at that part. Especially the adorable epilogue!

There was never a dull moment in The Rose and the Dagger. It is so fast-paced and will keep you invested from start to finish. The way everything in woven together works wonderfully and the writing is as beautiful as it was in book one.

Overall, this book was fantastic. It’s definitely one of my favorites of the year and I can already say I will definitely be rereading this in the coming months because I don’t know how to say goodbye and close the page on these beautiful characters ❤

Now if you excuse me, I will not get back to my crying and mourning of the completion of one of my favorite series of all time 😥

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Until next time,
dee (2)

November 9 by Colleen Hoover

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Author:  Colleen Hoover
Published: Atria Books
Released: November 10, 2015
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback
Read on: November 21 2015

Beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with an unforgettable love story between a writer and his unexpected muse.

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.

First of all, this review might not be so much as a “review” as it may just be my rambling and fangirling over the awesomeness that is Colleen Hoover. To this date, I have not been let down by this amazing woman. Majority of all her books have been read in one sitting because I JUST CAN’T PUT THEM DOWN and this was no exception. I had no intention of even sitting down and reading this book yet because I had just finished reading Winter by Marissa Meyer and wanted to give my mind a break. However, because I have been super excited for this book I just picked it up last night to read one chapter to see how it was. Well next thing you know it’s 4:00 AM and I am clutching my chest and crying and can’t go to sleep because my heart is hurting and CoHo did it again.  COHO IS QUEEN OKAY ❤ 

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So let’s get into this book shall we?

“She “loved me” in quotations She kissed me in bold I TRIED TO KEEP HER in all caps She left with an ellipsis . . .”

The book follows Ben and Fallon, the most adorable couple! These two meet in a random diner when Ben pretends to be her fake boyfriend on November 9th and thus begin their whole arrangement. Every November 9th, they would meet and discuss the happenings throughout the year. However, they would not have any contact during the year except on that one day of the year. Being that Ben is an aspiring writer, he makes it his goal to write a book about their romance story and Fallon must follow her passion for acting and put herself out there more. I can’t stress enough how fantastic this book was. I loved reading their meetings on this one day that would have been akward being that they hardly knew each other, but they had such a fantastic connection and chemistry it was refreshing. You watch these two fall in love in a short amount of time over the span of 5 years and it was deep. I don’t know how CoHo does it, but she writes the best love stories I have ever read and each one shine its own light.

“Whether or not the couple ends up together at the end of a book doesn’t determine whether that book has a happy ending or not. As long as the two people end up happy, it doesn’t really matter if they end up happy together.”

Fallon was so dang relatable and I loved her for it. She is insecure. She is flawed and she learns and grows throughout the entire novel. She makes mistakes and she owns up to them. I admit, I was a little put off by how much she was insecure when Ben has done nothing but show her how beautiful she is despite her scars, but hey I would be the same way. It takes time. And it definitely took Fallon some time. She had a great sense of humor and a quick tongue that is expected from CoHo that had me LOLing all over the place.

Ben on the other hand. Oh Ben, you precious cupcake. 

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I am so in love with Benton James Kessler. He has just possessed a top on my top 5 Book Boyfriends, right along with Miles Archer and Dean Holder. Sorry guys, but Ben is giving you guys a run for your money.  Ben is such a sweetie pie! He is loyal, and passionate, and funny, and dorky in the most sexy sort of way! I loved how he made it his mission to show Fallon that she was beautiful and wanted her to be happy in her own skin. He was protective of her and was so alpha-male without even knowing he was doing it. I can go on and on about how much I love him. He goes through some terribly awful things in the book that you just want to give him a tight hug and never let go. Seriously, my heart was breaking for him. But he always followed his heart and that was makes him admirable.

“She’s not the kind of girl you choose your battles for. She’s the kind of girl you fight to the death for.”

THEIR ROMANCE IS LIFE!

“I think about you every second of every day and I don’t know how to get over you,” she says.

“Don’t,” I beg her. “Please don’t get over me.”

Honestly, this concept was such a delight. There was so mystery behind Ben and what his situation was that kept me so anxious to find out what he was hiding. I was literally so scared because being a CoHo book you just know something is going to go down! I loved how she involved Ben’s book that he was writing and that was how everything unraveled. Honestly, every time I thought I had it figured out I was still thrown for a loop. Plus, it was so awesome how much love was thrown towards book lovers and all our lingo. Ben was writing his own novel, how can that get more adorable?!

“If we’re going to kiss, it has to be book-worthy.”

Bonus: if you’ve read previous novels by Colleen, you will definitely appreciate a special cameo in this book. I was fangirling so hard I started jumping up and down when I read it. I was that excited! 😀

“When you find love, you take it. You grab it with both hands and you do everything in your power not to let it go. You can’t just walk away from it and expect it to linger until you’re ready for it.”

Edit: Okay I forgot to add this because I was too busy fangirling, but I thought I’d mention what I didn’t like about this book. I honestly hated the that fact Fallon completely shattered Ben’s heart. And she does it in a ridiculous way. After going back on her word and using the cliche “I’m doing it for your own good” is just completely frustrating. I was so angry! Then when she shows up the next year to meet him and to find out that things weren’t exactly the same between them is insane. How could he be the same after how badly you broke  his heart? I understand she didn’t want to fall in love until she was 23 because of some insane theory that her mother had, but that doesn’t mean that you need to cut off all contact with him. She could have been talking to him and just getting to know him more than just seeing him one day a year. But I guess that’s just the premise of the book. It bothered me because it made me want to shake Fallon over her actions where Ben is concerned, but not enough to make me not enjoy the novel. Because I still did, clearly.

Overall, this book was great. Colleen is great. She has never let me down and I will continue to read literally everything she writes. Beautiful story, beautiful characters, beautiful writing as always. Do yourself a favor and pick this up. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

Can I give all the stars? Oh well it’s my blog. ALL THE STARS! 😀

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ACOTAR 2 Title Reveal! 

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So earlier this week Bloomsbury announced that we would get the ACOTAR 2 title reveal on Wednesday. So naturally I squealed so loud my family thought something was wrong with me.

So today is the day! I know I am a few hours late, but I couldn’t not post about this awesome reveal!!!!

Without further ado….the title is:

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OMG HOW AMAZING OF AN TITLE IS THIS?! 😭😍😍😍😍😍😍

I am so unbelievably excited that I literally have NO CHILL! If you have been following my blog for a while you know Sarah J Maas is my favorite author and ACOTAR was one of my favorite reads of 2015 so far.

I can’t…this sounds epic and I need this in my hands right now!

What do you think of the title?

Obviously, I think it’s perfect and completely sets the tone for the Night Court and I’m so excited!